The end of January brought a series of warm days in Calgary, which allowed some local disc golfers to hit the courses a little earlier than usual.
“When the snow started melting and I noticed it was above zero, I grabbed my [disc golf] bag and drove down here,” said Lee Clarkson, an avid Calgary disc golfer who regularly visits the course in Baker Park.
“This is probably the first time I’ve been able to go in January and I’ve been disking for around four years now,” said Clarkson.
Much like its ball-based brother, disc golf requires warm days with little wind.
Clarkson wasn’t the only disker willing to put up with a little snow, with groups on nearly every-other tee box throughout the Baker Park course, on the Bow River opposite Bowness Park in northwest Calgary.
“I feel a little more justified being here when there are so many others out,” explained Clarkson.
“It’s not nearly as busy as it is during the summer, but this is surprising considering the time of year.
“Goes to show how dedicated people are to [disc golf] in our city,” said Clarkson.
The 18-hole course at Baker Park was not the only one to see action, with a number of determined golfers visiting the nine-hole course in Thorncliffe as well.
“I think the sport has caught on because it’s relatively low cost and nearly year-round,” said 24 year-old golfer Chris Martinez.
“With regular golf, you’ve got to pay green fees, cart and club rentals, balls and tees, along with all the other gear and accessories. With disc golf, you’re pretty much set once you’ve got a couple of good discs,” he said.
“The downside is that the courses aren’t as maintained as the actual golf courses, holes can get crowded, and of course there’s no beer cart,” said Martinez.
Disc golf is played the same way as regular golf, or what disc golfers call “ball golf.”
Players tee off from tee boxes with a disc referred to as a “driver,” on holes that can vary in length and par from a 100-foot par three, to a 400-foot par 5.
With no fees or tee times, the only thing a person needs to start disc golfing is a regulation disc golf frisbee, which come in three different variations: drivers, mid-range, and putters.
Calgary is host to seven courses which can be found on the Calgary disc golf website.